This four-part series by the York Daily Record/Sunday News delves into the lives of those with diabetes to explore why the disease has become so difficult to prevent and control, its massive costs and what it will take to eradicate.
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Stories by Leigh Zaleski
Photos by Kate Penn
Barbara Eckert has had Type 2 diabetes for 15 years but still struggles to overcome a lifetime of unhealthy habits in her pursuit to live better.
The most effective weapons against Type 2 diabetes are the patients. Doctors are telling patients they have to control the disease themselves.
When people don’t control their diabetes, they likely will develop complications, such as blindness, amputations, heart disease and kidney failure.
Type 2 diabetes is affecting people at younger ages — Jayquan Flowers was diagnosed when he was 11. Regardless of age, the average lifespan is 25 years after diagnosis.
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